Law Society wades into row over free advice for Grenfell survivors

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Jul 11, 2017
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There are fears that some lawyers have touting for business among victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

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Solicitor chiefs attempted to co-ordinate free legal advice to victims of the Grenfell Tower fire after a leading law firm suspending two paralegals for making unauthorised approaches.

Leigh Day confirmed on Friday that it had launched an internal investigation into the activities of two employees after having been alerted by The Times to the fact that they had posted notices in north Kensington advertising services. The firm also announced on social media that it had no advance knowledge that its employees had posted the leaflets and that it did not approve of their actions.

Yesterday the president of the Law Society, which represents 130,000 solicitors in England and Wales, said that North Kensington Law Centre should be the official co-ordinator of free legal advice to those affected by the disaster. 

Joe Egan said: “This local law centre, dedicated to serving some of the poorest and most disadvantaged in the area for nearly 50 years, works with volunteer lawyers to provide independent, impartial and free legal advice on housing, employment, immigration and asylum and welfare benefits. Lawyers who are offering free, expert legal advice through North Kensington Law Centre can help people decide how best to proceed with legal issues they may be facing – from inquests, wills and probate to benefits, housing, immigration or asylum matters. They can also advise on sources of further advice if that is needed.”

The society would not comment specifically on the alleged actions of the Leigh Day paralegals.

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